I don't understand why people believe they are entitled to someone else's property in whatever way they choose at whatever price they feel they want to pay. Does any other business work this way? Does any other part of life work this way? Do you treat your own property this way?
This is basically the way everything works, and always has. If a company won't license you their product, you build your own version. If they won't license you their patent, you make something similar that does not use the mechanism they described in the patent. If it's too expensive, people make their own or find a substitute. There are so many examples of this that I can't even begin to name them. For the internet age: Soylent is a cheaper version of medical food replacements that have been available for decades. Facebook wouldn't give the Chinese government what it wanted, so a Chinese company created Renren. Do you think in any single one of these cases, the person that wanted the product decided, "No, I won't clone it because it would hurt the other company, and I have a really kind heart."???
The only thing different about the entertainment industry is that the most reasonable way to clone it is to make a bit-by-bit copy. It's unlawful, but so are half the other ways people/companies take ideas from other people/companies.